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Revenue adalats benefit over two lakh people

Special Correspondent

Mani plans legislation to institutionalise adalats

Thiruvananthapuram: Revenue adalats held at village level all over the State have benefited 2,11,087 petitioners who had been running from pillar to post seeking resolution to a horde of issues such as title deeds, possession certificates and other mandatory documents.

Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, Revenue and Law Minister K.M. Mani said that revenue adalats were conducted between January 3 and 20 covering 1,566 village offices in the State, under the 14 collectorates.

The adalats received 2,44,537 petitions. A majority of the petitioners belonged to the lower strata of society and brought much wanted relief to these segment by disposing of long-pending files.

In the light of the experience, Mr. Mani said he proposed to bring in legislation to institutionalise adalats making it mandatory to hold biannual village-level exercise. He also proposed to institute a single window system at district collectorates to coordinate the activities of various departments.

He said that nearly 10,969 persons belonging to the weaker section got back their land documents after the Government wrote off their loans. In addition, 8,260 applicants were given title deeds.

High percentage

The adalats disposed of 89.45 per cent of the applications related to mutation (pokuvaravu) certificates.

Out of the 26,941 cases, 24,700 were cleared. With regard to possession certificates, out of the 27,790 petitions, 27,401 were cleared.

The adalats had received 1,14,991 applications for various mandatory certificates and 1,14,335 were cleared, he said. Out of the 14,300 applications for settling discrepancies in land records and land possession, 5,596 were cleared.

Mr. Mani said the adalats disposed of cases that had been doing its rounds for years. Among the districts, Kozhikode received the largest number of petitions at 62,893, of which 60,131 were cleared.

District-wise figures

The following are the district-wise details about cases disposed of, with the number of applications in brackets: Thiruvananthapuram 10,784 (16,275), Kollam 12,748 (16,271), Pathanamthitta 6,541 (11,169), Alappuzha 9,562 (10,459), Kottayam 21,236 (25,767), Idukki 2,591 (4,347), Ernakulam 9,479 (10,969), Thrissur 25,471 (27,388), Palakkad 4,108 (5,289), Malappuram 4,953 (8,757), Kozhikode 60,131 (62,893), Wayanad 16,433 (16,741), Kannur 5,427 (5,473) and Kasaragod 21,624 (22,743).

In reply to a question, Mr. Mani said that the proposed legislation would be on the lines of the Legal Aid Authority he had set up during his earlier tenure. But the law would ensure that all Government departments would hold such adalats that would bring relief to the people, he said.

Narendran panelreport

On the Narendran Commission report, Mr. Mani said that the UDF would be able to bring about a consensus on the issue.

There was no difference of opinion in the ruling front and he was unable to attend the Special Cabinet the other day because it was convened at short notice.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had explained the Government's stand and he did not have anything further to add.

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